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Plante Moran (I suspect they are also victims in this)
Scam employment offers to sell expensive software
29th of Jul, 2011 by AndyTDuncan
This is a scam purporting to offer a job but only after the applicant/victim buys expensive software. No legit job would require an employee buy software.

This was a response to a application submitted on Craigslist:

From email address: [email protected]

Dear applicant
We wish to inform you that your resume has been reviewed by the appropriate department, It is now required for you to have the Hiring Manager Mr Mark Powell added to your Yahoo Messenger or hot mail contact list for the job briefing and interview. His ID is ( [email protected] ) He's online now and ready whenever you are interview time is ASAP


Here is the transcript of the "interview" logged from Yahoo messenger:

andytduncan(07/28/2011 1:45:21 PM) : Mr. Mark Powell?
[email protected](07/28/2011 1:45:31 PM) : Hello
andytduncan(07/28/2011 1:46:04 PM) : Hi, my name is Andy Duncan, I received an email to contact you about the Data Entry Specialist position
[email protected](07/28/2011 1:46:13 PM) : How are you doing today
andytduncan(07/28/2011 1:46:25 PM) : I'm doing pretty well, and yourself?
[email protected](07/28/2011 1:46:34 PM) : Good
[email protected](07/28/2011 1:46:46 PM) : So are you set for the Job brieifng and inteview ?
andytduncan(07/28/2011 1:47:15 PM) : is it to be done in person or is it over Yahoo messenger?
[email protected](07/28/2011 1:47:42 PM) : Messenger
andytduncan(07/28/2011 1:48:20 PM) : then yes, give me just one moment to grab something, I'll be right back
andytduncan(07/28/2011 1:48:48 PM) : okay I'm back
andytduncan(07/28/2011 1:48:50 PM) : yes I'm all set
[email protected](07/28/2011 1:48:57 PM) : ok
[email protected](07/28/2011 1:49:17 PM) : I am Mr Mark Powell, Hiring manager to the company, am here to brief and interview you more about the opening position,I'm Age 54 and i am here to brief you more about this job and the interview.

Just follow the briefing and you can ask questions when i am through. Let me know when you have finished reading and understanding every line. You will be allowed to ask questions later.With each line just respond with an Okay.
andytduncan(07/28/2011 1:49:40 PM) : Okay
[email protected](07/28/2011 1:50:33 PM) : The Name of the company is Plante & Moran limited,Plante & Moran is the nation's 12th largest certified public accounting and business advisory firm, providing clients with financial, human capital, operations, strategy, technology, and family wealth management services. Plante & Moran has a staff of more than 1,500 professionals in 16 offices throughout Michigan, Ohio, Illinois and Shanghai, China. For more information visit
[email protected](07/28/2011 1:50:40 PM) : Founded in 1924, Plante & Moran specializes in medium-sized, owner-managed organizations, governmental entities, not-for-profit organizations, and financial institutions
andytduncan(07/28/2011 1:51:22 PM) : Okay
Frey Powell: This is strictly an online and work from home job the working hours are flexible and you can chose to work from anywhere of your choice,the pay is $26per hour training is $21 per hour and will be get payment bi weekly via direct deposit or paycheck working 40 to 45 hours weekly,if you are employed you are going to be working as a full employee and not an independent contractor.
andytduncan: Okay
Frey Powell: Benefits: Health, Dental, Life and AD&D Insurance, Employee Wellness and 401k plans.Paid Time Off and Holidays with Generous Company Discounts

Working hrs are flexible.All activities and corresponding time are to be recorded in excel spreadsheet As for your duties, i will assist you with any difficulties by email

andytduncan: Okay
Frey Powell: DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITY:Tracks data and source documents.Prepares and sorts source documents, and identifies and interprets data to be entered.Compiles, sorts and verifies data for accuracy.Contacts responsible parties or clients from other organisation to resolve moderately complex questions, inconsistencies, or missing data. Also perform Records keeping, keyboarding/data entry and performing a variety of other office tasks account balancing, invoicing recording,proper data analysis of sales records and recording pay slips into accounting database all these will be done through the use of the Accounting Software, such as faxing or emailing confidently and positive attitude Online from home.
Frey Powell: The Supervisor, who would be attached to you online, He/She would assign logs of duty daily and you would be required to work according to instructions, using the Microsoft Office tools and the Accounting software. Now the function of the Accounting software is to arrange, formalize and manage the data you have processed, sent to your supervisor via E-mail.
andytduncan: Okay
Frey Powell: Can you handle those duties effectively ?
andytduncan: I believe so
andytduncan: Yes
Frey Powell: You will undergo a one week training from your training supervisor,he will training you on how to work with the programs accurate and other Data entry works you will need to get done.Your training is going to be done online through your Pc and Phone

You will Earn $26 per hour,You will receive your pay via Direct deposit or Paycheck bi weekly.Training $21 per hour
andytduncan: Okay
Frey Powell: Here are the name's of the software's you will need to start working with Myob business essentials software 2011, US Patent Single Users Pack simply accounting 2011,Apple Final Cut Express 3.5 HD Upgrade,Norton Ghost 9.0,Microsoft Office XP 2002 Standard Upgrade,Peach tree Premium Accounting 2011 with a brand new HP laptop.
andytduncan: Okay
Frey Powell:
The company will provide you a free Hp laptop with a fast internet connection and your W4 form will be coming along with the working materials you need to start working with.Therefore you are needed to make purchase for the software programs you need to start working with and the company will have you reimbursed for the order of the software programs.You are to make the purchase for the programs the company does not specialized on the software programs you are to get it from the company certified vendor that is the third party to the company she will have them install with disc and shipped to you overnight via FedEx

andytduncan: Okay
Frey Powell: You are to purchase this softwares from the shipping agent who we have been buying from for years now and the means of method Accepted by the Vendor is Via Western union and the package will be shipped to you via Fedex within 24hours delivery period and you can start working tomorrow
andytduncan: Okay
Frey Powell: The Cost is $365 you will also be undergoing a week training with your Supervisor on how to use the Software.NOTE: You will be reimbursed for this along with you First pay check
Frey Powell: Is the brieifng well understood ?
andytduncan: No
andytduncan: I feel this is a scam. No legitimate job requires one to pay for software
Frey Powell: what dont you understand ?
andytduncan: I'd have to meet with someone in person at an office location before continuing with this interview

written to Plante Moran, which seems to be a legit business:

I just wanted to know if you are aware that scammers online posting about a telecommuting data entry specialist position are using your company as the supposed source for this fake position. They use the email addresses [email protected].com and [email protected] and they try to get applicants to buy expensive software in order to get the job. I am reporting these people and thought you should know. Best, Andy Duncan
4026 days ago by Heather1922
I just talked to the same guy today! [email protected], [email protected]

Our recruitment team viewed your resume published on (Craigslist) and we are pleased with your qualifications. Your details as been forward to the senior supervisor ( Mr Mark Powell ) He would like to conduct an online interview with you to discuss your duties and pay scale with our company .If you are interested in this position, set up a screen name with the yahoo instant messenger( and add up this screen name ( [email protected] ) You are to Report online for an interview. Contact Mr Mark via the email below to let her know if the time frame works for you. [email protected] .If you got any problems feel free to email back .


After you have the "interview" you recieve an email with your first task.

Date: Fri, 5 Aug 2011 08:49:28 -0700
From: [email protected]
To: [email protected]

Write an article on The Best Ways to Prevent Overdue Accounts using your own words.Each article must be at least 2 pages with examples.
Time limit is 24 hrs
4021 days ago by PMCareers
Please go to to view current openings at Plante & Moran, PLLC.

Legitimate emails from a Plante & Moran recruiter or staff member would have come from a Plante & Moran email address. You would not be directed to a yahoo, gmail, or aol account. Mark Powell is not associated with Plante & Moran.

Thank you for making people aware of the situation.

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